let’s see if i can beat eric to the punch here: j. russell brown won the special election for a new at-large representative to the downtown los angeles neighborhood council with 16 votes to run-off runner-up david poffenberger’s 14. there was one abstention in the run-off — the guy who got booted out of office after he apparently stopped showing up to meetings, and during his candidate statement claimed that the election was illegal and going to be invalidated because of a lawsuit he was going to file. he didn’t get any other votes in the first round. there were two other candidates, and at least one of them also didn’t get any other votes.

taking the figure of about 20,000 residents of downtown from these demographics, the 31 voters at the meeting represented 0.15% voter turnout.

if nothing else, it was a great excuse to go inside the los angeles theater again.